Administrative Law Court – Motor Vehicle Hearings
- Request an Administrative License Hearing at your Initial Appearance or within 10 days of the date of your license revocation to contest its validity.
Criminal Court – City, County and State Courts
- First Appearance: At the First Appearance, you will be informed of the charges against you and the possible punishments if you are convicted.
- The First Appearance may also include a Preliminary Hearing but only if there is a judge present. At the Preliminary Hearing, evidence can be presented by both sides to determine if you have committed a crime.
- You will then move on to the Formal Arraignment if the court believes you are guilty after this hearing.
- Formal Arraignment: At the Formal Arraignment, you must enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If you plead not guilty, you will then move on to the trial.
- Trial: At the trial, the prosecutor must prove you are guilty beyond reasonable doubt and this hearing has the highest burden of proof.
- For misdemeanor DWI cases, you will most likely go to district court and for felony cases you will most likely attend superior court for trial. Your trial will be held in the county in which the charges were filed.